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Poseidon: China's Secret Salvage of Britain's Lost Submarine

Steven R. Schwankert

Abstract

Royal Navy submarine HMS Poseidon sank in collision with a freighter during routine exercises in 1931 off the Chinese coast. Thirty of its fifty-six-man crew scrambled out of the hatches as it went down. Of the twenty-six who remained inside, eight attempted to surface using an early form of diving equipment: five of them made it safely to the surface in the first escape of this kind in submarine history and became heroes. The incident was then forgotten, eclipsed by the greater drama that followed in World War II, until news emerged that, for obscure reasons, the Chinese government had salvag ... More

Keywords: Submarine, China, Navy, Poseidon, Salvage, Shipwreck

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208180
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208180.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven R. Schwankert, author